how to cook scallops from frozen

how to cook scallops from frozen
Prep. time:
15 min
3 dishes
not kosher


Hey, food adventurers! Today, we’re diving into the world of frozen scallops – a quick and delightful dish that’ll make you the seafood maestro without breaking a sweat. No thawing, no fuss, just pure scallop goodness coming your way!


This recipe is a testament to the beauty of convenience without sacrificing flavor. Frozen scallops are often overlooked, but trust me, they can be your kitchen superhero. With a few simple steps, you’ll have a plate full of succulent, perfectly cooked scallops.

Ingredients for scallops from frozen:

  • · 1 pound frozen sea scallops
  • · 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • · 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • · 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • · Salt and pepper, to taste
  • · Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)

Instructions for scallops from frozen:

  1. Preheat the Pan: Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. We're talking hot but not smoking!
  2. Add the Garlic Aroma: Toss in the minced garlic and let it sizzle for about 30 seconds. That fragrance is the prelude to deliciousness.
  3. Scallops on Deck: Throw those frozen scallops straight from the freezer into the pan. Yes, you heard right – no need to defrost!
  4. Sear, Baby, Sear: Cook the scallops for 2-3 minutes on each side. You want that golden-brown sear. It's where the magic happens!
  5. Lemon Zest Jazz: Zest the lemon directly into the pan. Follow up with a squeeze of lemon juice. This citrusy burst will elevate the flavors.
  6. Seasonal Serenade: Sprinkle salt and pepper over the scallops. Remember, seasoning is your secret weapon.
  7. Garnish and Serve: Plate those beauties, sprinkle with fresh parsley, and serve immediately. Your taste buds are in for a treat!

Nutrition Advantages:

  • Low in calories and high in protein
  • Rich in omega-3 fatty acids
  • Excellent source of vitamin B12 and selenium
  • Minimal carbs and fat

Dietary Alternatives:

  • Low-Carb: Skip the lemon zest if you’re watching those carbs.
  • Garlic Lover: Double up on the garlic for an extra punch.

Tips for the Extra Wow:

  • Pair with a refreshing cucumber salad for a cool contrast.
  • Experiment with different citrus flavors like lime or orange.
  • Drizzle with a balsamic reduction for a gourmet touch.

And there you have it – a frozen scallop symphony that’ll make you a kitchen rockstar. Go ahead, dive in and savor the flavor!

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